After a bright start to his Pompey career, losing Kusini Yengi to injury is a blow.
But John Mousinho revealed that the Australian international will not be out for as long as first feared.
And he clarified exactly what happened to Yengi after incorrect rumours had spread on social media ahead of Saturday’s draw with Cheltenham.
Mousinho also explained that midfielder Tom Lowery should be back in action sooner than he expected.
The Blues boss said: “Kas picked up an injury in training on Thursday when one of the other players fell on top of him.
"Although it’s bad news that we’re going to be without two good players, there’s actually good news wrapped up in that."
“He went for a scan that afternoon and although it’s a shame, it’s a lot better than we initially thought.
“It’s probably going to be six-eight weeks with some ankle ligament damage, but we were thinking it was a fracture.
“Thankfully, it wasn’t that and it was just one of those unfortunate instances that can happen in training.
“Tom’s surgery went about as well as we could have expected and we’re looking at the 8-12-week range, rather than the five months we initially feared.
“We’ll make sure that we’re conservative with him and plan for 12, with anything sooner than that being a bonus.
“So although it’s bad news that we’re going to be without two good players, there’s actually good news wrapped up in that.”
Minor setback, I’ll be back better than ever in no time 💪🏾 https://t.co/hIGYM5EzSG— Kusini Yengi (@kusiniyengi19) August 19, 2023